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Second Division: The run-in

With the Second Division reaching its conclusion, and five teams still mathematically capable of going up, the race for promotion to the Premier is hotting up. Ahead of Thursday’s game between Brunos and Olympique, we look at all five teams still in the chase. Continue reading

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GFA announce sanctions after Gib United vs St Joseph’s racism incident

St Joseph’s midfielder Fran Mejias has been handed a six-match ban from all football related activity after being found guilty of racially abusing Gibraltar United midfielder Yalany Baio last month.

Photo (C) William Gracia

Baio, who was sent off after the incident in their 1-0 win, has also been given a two match ban for his involvement in the brawl that occurred after the incident, while members of both teams, as well as the clubs themselves, have been given punishments ranging from monetary fines to match suspensions. These include St Joseph’s Head Coach Raul Procopio, his assistant, Guillermo Ramon Maqueda Castro, and Gib United Team Delegate Francis Huart.

Find below a list of the charges and respective outcomes from the investigation into the match that took place on February 17th.

Gibraltar Utd FC

1. Team Misconduct – Guilty. Fined £500.

2. Being involved in brawl – Guilty. No Separate Penalty.

3. Unidentified club members involved in brawl – Guilty. No Separate Penalty.

Francis Huart – Gibraltar United Team Delegate

Being involved in brawl – Guilty. Fined £250.

Yalani Baio – Gibraltar United Player

1.Being Involved in Brawl – Guilty. 2 match suspension from all GFA football related activity.

2.Offensive Behaviour – Guilty. No Separate Penalty.

St. Josephs FC

1.Team Misconduct – Guilty. £500 Fine.

2.Taking part in brawl – Guilty. No Separate Penalty.

3.Unidentified club member involved in brawl – Guilty. No Separate Penalty.

Raul Procopio – St Joseph’s FC Head Coach

1. Assault on an opponent – Guilty. 2 match suspension from all GFA football related activity.

2. Being involved in brawl – Guilty. £250 Fine.

3. Offensive behaviour – Not Guilty.

Guillermo Ramon Maqueda Castro – St Joseph’s FC Assistant Coach

1.Being involved in brawl – Guilty. £250 Fine.

2.Offensive behaviour – Not Guilty.

Francisco Mejias Noya – St Joseph’s FC Player

1. Assault on an opponent – Not Guilty.

2. Being involved in brawl – Guilty. No Separate Penalty.

3. Offensive behaviour. Not Guilty.

4. Racism. Guilty. 6 match suspension from all football related activity.

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De Barr: “The last few days have been great for me”

After the recent international break, we caught up with Lincoln and Gibraltar midfielder Tjay De Barr, who featured for both the U21s and the senior national team in the last few days.

Photo (C) C Correa Photography

Having been in the squad for all three games, De Barr started last night against Russia in the U21 qualifiers, after coming off the bench just over 48 hours before for the national team against Latvia. We asked the 18-year old for his thoughts on the 5-0 defeat against the Russians: “First, I’d like to thank everyone who turned up to support us throughout both games, it’s always better playing with the crowd behind you. My thoughts against Russia, we had a game plan set up by our managers and we tried to stick to it, I think the first 40 minutes of the game was great keeping it 0-0 however we lost focus for whatever reason and they managed to get 2 goals before half time.

In these kind of games, you need to stay focused and concentrated through the whole 93 minutes and if you just drop your heads once they put a goal passed you and I think that’s what happened with us. However, I think the whole team did amazing and everyone gave their 100% so I’m happy with that and obviously it’s always a great feeling knowing everyone is giving their all.”

Originally, De Barr was only meant to be in the U21 squad, but injuries to the main team saw him given a call-up to Desi Curry’s side for the 1-0 win in the friendly international. De Barr, who won the free-kick that lead to Liam Walker’s 88th minute winner, had this to say about his experience in recent days: “The last few days have been great for me. There was three big games being played at the rock and I can admit I was nervous but I loved the feeling of it, I was excited for the first game versus Serbia but for whatever reason I didn’t manage to come on so I was looking towards the next game vs Russia, however then the first team called me up to be part of the squad for the Latvia game. Again same as under 21’s the first team had a plan to do and I think it came out great, being part of it all was amazing for me and making a senior debut here in Gibraltar in front of our home I think personally was the best way to do it, I hope to be able to represent Gibraltar in senior level again or in whichever age group it may be it’s always a privilege to represent your country.”

De Barr is gradually being introduced into his club side, Lincoln, who are dominating the league this season, with the attacking midfielder featuring at some point in 11 league games this season. With the league firmly in Lincoln’s grasp, we asked what his ambitions were at domestic level for the rest of the season: “Now it’s back to the league with Lincoln, I think we need to continue what we are doing, throughout the whole season we’ve been focused, and we need to remain that way. Obviously, I will be looking to win the league first and then the cup but everyone in Lincoln wants our three trophies back.”